Group Director - Network and Commuications

  • 1 Denison St, North Sydney NSW 2060, Australia
  • Full-time
  • Work Arrangement: Fixed Term

Company Description

Nine. Australia’s Media Company.

Underpinned by our people, our strategic focus is on content, connections and growth. 

Driven by our purpose - Australia belongs here - and guided by our values - walk the talk, turn over every stone, keep it human - we are the home of Australia’s most loved content  and trusted brands across News, Sport, and Entertainment. 

We lead the total television market in Australia through our key brands of Channel 9, Gem, Go, Rush and Life, and of course you can consume all our content, live or on-demand, on Australia’s leading free streaming platform, 9Now. We also own Stan, the market leading local subscription streaming service.

Our total publishing business covers The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian Financial Review, to the breadth of and The Pedestrian Group. 

In our total audio business we are building talk radio for the next generation across  2GB, 3AW, 4BC and 6PR. 

Nine is also an active participant in Australian consumer marketplaces through our majority shareholding in Domain and our ownership of Drive.

Job Description

This is a 15 month fixed term contract role

Your role is responsible for the IT Network and Communications function within the Nine group. This spans the Publishing, TV and Radio Broadcast functions as well as Group Services. 

You’ll be comfortable leading a team of Network engineers and architects and managing their operational and project work slates to ensure operational excellence and project delivery on-time and on-budget.

Stakeholder management will be a key part of your role, working with your internal customers to understand their business and technical requirements. You’ll work collaboratively with your customers and other technical teams to design, deploy and support first class network solutions which help Nine deliver quality content to its customers.

You’ll partner with Nine Technology’s Commercial team to manage relationships with various telcos and vendors, running RFIs and RFQs as required.

Key accountabilities: 

  • Ensuring high-uptime of Nine’s network infrastructure (Routers, Switches, Firewalls, WiFi, Load Balancing, Cloud Networking, OT Networks, Telephony and Network Links/Connectivity) through effective monitoring, lifecycle management and capacity planning

  • Adherence to and enforcement of company policies and procedures, with a particular focus on security

  • Work with stakeholders and PMO to ensure that both business and technology projects are adequately resourced and funded for successful on-time delivery 

  • Design and cost network solutions in conjunction with the network architect to meet project requirements. 

  • Work with finance to set and manage expenditure to budget, ensuring sufficient investment to keep networks modern, supportable and fit-for-purpose.

  • People management; training, motivating and directing employees to optimise workplace productivity and promote professional growth



  • Previous experience in a networking and communications leadership and management role

  • Solid understanding of key network technologies including:

    • Routing Protocols - incl BGP, OSPF

    • Layer2 Protocols - incl BFD, LLDP, STP, vPC

    • WiFi

    • Multicast

    • PTP & NTP

    • Firewalling & NAT

    • VPN and GRE

    • Cloud Networking

  • Solid understanding of security principles (incl Hardening, Zero Trust principles, SIEM)

  • Experience with Vulnerability and Patch Management of network equipment

  • Good commercial acumen and experience with managing budgets

  • Experience working with telecommunications providers. A solid understanding of their products, services and commercial models - incl MPLS, VPLS, IX, DF & Wavelength services, DoSP, 95th percentile billing

  • Ability to manage vendors to drive good commercial outcomes and service/support arrangements

We're looking for smart people, who get things done. If you are agile minded, passionate about technology and thrive in a modern trust-based environment then Nine is the place for you.


  • Experience in the media industry, preferably with networks supporting production and playout of broadcast video or SVOD.

  • Previous hands-on experience with routing and switching (Cisco IOS-XE and NXOS devices preferred), firewalling (Fortinet suite preferred), WiFi (Cisco suite preferred) and cloud networking (AWS & GCP preferred)

  • Experience with fixed voice and SIP

  • Experience deploying spine/leaf networks (VxLAN BGP EVPN preferred)

  • Experience using network automation (Ansible preferred)

  • Experience with ITIL concepts and tools (ServiceNow preferred)

  • Experience with SMPTE 2110 (industry-specific standards suite dealing with the carriage and synchronisation of uncompressed media streams over IP for real-time production and playout)

  • Experience with Logic Monitor

Additional Information

Life at Nine

Nine is a people business. Being part of the team means you’ll be in a culture that promotes creativity and innovation, diversity and inclusion, is open to feedback, rewards impact and ensures everyone is heard. Importantly, you'll receive the following:

  • Career development and quality training
  • Up to 16 weeks paid primary carer’s parental leave
  • Discounts on lifestyle, entertainment, and leisure memberships, including health insurance, dental and gym
  • Discounts on products and services with corporate partners

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

At Nine, we are committed to fostering a workforce that embraces all aspects of diversity and inclusion and where practices are equitable to ensure our people experience a sense of belonging. From day one, you'll be encouraged to bring your whole self to work and will be supported to perform at your best. Should you require any adjustments to the recruitment process in order to equitably participate, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, and of all ages, nationalities, backgrounds and cultures.

Nine’s Workplace Condition of Entry:

Nine is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and doing what is reasonably practical to protect our people, including visitors to all Nine sites and events.

Nine has introduced a Workplace Condition of Entry – COVID 19 Policy that requires all workplace attendees and participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering a Nine workplace (unless you have a valid medical exemption). You will be asked to declare your vaccination status as part of the application process and provide evidence of this. This information will be treated in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

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